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Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526-2098

Switchboard: 970-498-1100
Fax: 970-498-1010

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3. Viewing/Printing: The best way to view and print a PDF file is to download it to your computer, then read or print it from your hard drive (see Step 2). Some general printing remedies ...

Print large PDFs 1-10 pages at a time. Large graphics, complex pages, or certain fonts in a PDF file can cause system conflicts.

Shut down the computer and leave it off for 15-30 seconds to clear the memory, then restart it and try printing again. the computer system could be out of memory or system resources.

Use the most current driver for your printer. Using an outdated printer driver can cause many PDF conflicts. Most printer manufacturers post current printer drivers on their Web sites for free download.

Click the "Print as Image" option in the "Print" menu (in Acrobat 6 or higher, click the "Advanced" box in the lower left corner then click the "Print as Image" box near the top).

Deselect the "Download fonts once" check box in the "Print" dialogue box when printing.

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5. Contact Us: If you need further assistance with any RMRS PDF file, please contact Suzy Stephens at sstephens[at] or 801-625-5291. Include publication name or number (ex. RMRS-RP-4), the exact problem, and which version of Acrobat you are using. To order a printed publication, please see our Publication Order page.

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